Monday, April 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday

How many color combos can I test before I get happy with these colors? This is just a tiny glimpse of what I go through when choosing colors.

So, guess what happened after this? I completely redesigned this part of the quilt in black, blue, red, and pink! Ugh. I really need to just trust my gut. One design is more vintage and old-fashioned looking and that's where I was originally headed. However, and this is a big however, the second design is pretty fabulous as well.  I've printed out copies of both and will take them with me on vacation. By the end of the week I hope to have it figured out. I'd like to start sewing when I get home.

Today I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times. Head over there to see more design walls.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mystery Quilt-Along

Just a quick note to let you know the final clue and reveal for our Mystery Quilt-Along will be posted on Friday, May 15. Westside Quilters Guild is having a three-day Sewing Weekend. I'll participate on Friday and Sunday and will be joining the Columbia River Gorge Quilters Guild in Hood River for a lecture and workshop on Saturday. It's going to be a jam-packed weekend and I can hardly wait.  If you haven't finished your clues so far, now is the time. Get a wiggle on it! I can hardly wait to see everyone's color combos.

If you've been following along with the clues, you'll know that the triangles above have nothing to do with the mystery! I'm just playing with a new quilt design on my wall.  :)  Truly, it's a quilt I designed years ago and am trying to get happy with my colors so I can have it made before our guild quilt show in October.  

Speaking of October, Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! and I will be the featured quilters at the Color POWer! Quilt show on October 3 and 4 in Hillsboro. Visit the Westside Quilters Guild website for further information. I hope to see you there!

Friday, April 24, 2015

On the Needles

My sewing room is upstairs in our house and away from everyone. That's great when you need to get a lot finished, but not so great when you want to be social.  My husband is a woodcarver and he sits in our sunroom, adjacent to our living room, downstairs in our house. I've started knitting more in the evening so we can be together, listening to television or just talking.

We've got a week of vacation coming up and I don't love flying, so will plan to knit on the plane. This new sock pattern is exactly what I needed. I usually knit two socks at a time, but decided to try just one and I'm loving it!  I really intended to just knit the toe and test a few rows, but enjoyed it so much I got carried away.

The pattern is Fish Scales and Fairy Tales and is free on Ravelry.  I used the Anatomical Round Toe pattern by Chrissy Gardiner and the fit of my socks has improved immensely.  Head over to Patchwork Times to see more projects.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Design Wall Monday

You know how sometimes you're too sick to sew but feel well enough that you have to do something? That's where I'm at. This bronchitis is really kicking my rear end, so instead of finishing up new patterns for class, here's what I'm working on -- trying to get happy with my colors for a future "just for me" project. I know the differences are subtle in the gold fabric, but I want this one to be perfect. These triangles will finish at 1-1/2"!  Wish me luck.

I'm linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times. Hop on over to see what others have on their design wall.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Friends -- what would we do without them? I recently came across a couple of childhood photos that remind me I've always been surrounded by strong, kind, loving women (even when we were little girls!). I'm grateful that I'm still surrounded by strong, kind, loving women. Friends who make me laugh when bronchitis is kicking my rear, friends who call me out when I'm being less than kind or impatient with drivers, and friends who love me even when I'm not good at staying in touch.

My birthday is Christmas so I never had a traditional birthday party when I was young. One of my sisters-in-law decided to fix that with a September party that included a trip to the Portland Zoo and overnight at her house. (Thanks Laura!)

Now my slumber parties are disguised as quilt retreats! Less giggling, more laughing. Still surrounded by friends. I feel very blessed.